Florida LB charged with resisting arrest

Florida linebacker Dee Finley has been charged with resisting arrest without violence after a traffic stop on campus.

Finley, a sophomore who played a backup role in the team’s first two games, also was charged with driving with a suspended license.

He was arrested Monday and released on his own recognizance Tuesday morning at the Alachua County Courthouse. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Team spokesman Steve McClain says coach Will Muschamp is aware of the incident and ”will handle the matter.”

According to the University Police Department, Finley was pulled over after he drove his scooter around a barricade at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. When asked for his license and registration, Finley refused to give the information.

Finley started his scooter and tried to leave the scene, but a police officer grabbed his wrist and refused to let him go. Finley pushed the officer’s hand away. The officer threatened to use a Taser on Finley before the player complied and put his hands behind his back.

UPD initially arrested Finley on a charge of resisting arrest with violence, a third-degree felony, but the State Attorney’s Office reduced that charge after consulting with police.

According to court records, Finley’s license is suspended in Florida and in his home state of Alabama for multiple failures to pay fines and make court appearances. In Alachua County, Finley has been charged four times for driving with a suspended license in less than three years.

In conjunction with his release, Alachua County Judge Denise Ferrero ordered Finley not to drive any motor vehicle without a valid license.